Saturday, February 18, 2017

No relief in sight

... to this nasty weather.

The VFW is toast.  We will have to put practices 'on hold' until we get some snow.

If you happen to have a pile of snow on your land, and want to host a practice, let me know.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Forget to pick up your skis?

Some of us did (forget).  Pete is out of town, but we're trying to make arrangements for me to pick up the rest and bring them to practice on Monday.

I think there will be enough snow left for practice on Monday.  It doesn't look good after that.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Great skating, but please respect the trail this weekend

Pete is grinding away on the skis, getting them ready for skating.  He hopes to have them ready for you on Friday, but please call ahead of time.  (Bluedog 637-6993)

Warm weather means soft snow this weekend.  We don't groom when the snow is too warm and wet, since it collapses and leaves nothing but water-filled ruts.  Similarly, you should try not to ski on the groomed trails when you are leaving deep ruts.  The aftermath is often impossible to repair once it re-freezes and we can get out and groom again.  Try to get out first thing in the morning this weekend, and check to see if you are causing damage.

photo by Snowflake alumni Chris Jackson

The Back 9 is in absolute top shape for skating right now.  I did not try to renovate the tracks, so they are thin, wobbly and icy.  Please stay off the skate deck when it warms up and you leave deep ruts.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Warm Monday, then ???

We had nice conditions last week, and it looks good for Monday again.  Then a messy mix on Tuesday.  Hopefully we get some snow out of it.

This will be the last classical practice for Dan/GG's group.  Also, some of Thom/Dominic's group may switch to skating after Monday.  Coaches will make an announcement at the beginning of practice.  If you are switching, you should put your skis and poles in Dan's car after practice.  I will take the gear to Bluedog.  You will need to stop in there during the week and pick up shorter skis (waxed for skating) and longer poles.

Conditions are really good on the Back 9 right now - freshly groomed on Friday.  Get out and enjoy it.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

See you Monday

Looks much better than last week
We got enough snow to resume practices.  I set tracks around the pump house and pavilion for Polar Bears, and out on the disc golf course for the older groups.
I also set one track on the back nine and widened the skate deck.  It will be windblown in spots, but should be good skiing Sunday and Monday.  The best access to the back nine is to park at the Golf Course maintenance shed on the east side of Hwy 61.  Drop down the hill and you will find a nice little loop at the bottom.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

No Snow = No Practice

Pretty bleak out there
Practice will have to be cancelled tomorrow.  Hopefully things will start to improve Tuesday night.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dear Winter, please come back.

Max and Hazel skiing hot laps in the rain

A few brave souls made it out on Monday.  The tracks were in better shape than the roads.

As you can imagine, the snow is in horrible shape now.  There is no snow in the forecast before Monday.  I suspect we will have to cancel the next practice.  Let's hope that Winter returns soon.  I will post an update on Sunday.